Reid Hoffer was a multi-sport athlete whose career spanned more than twenty years. At Clarkstown North, Reid was the starting shortstop on the varsity baseball team, a member of the Rockland County and Section 9 Championship soccer team, and the leading scorer on the highly successful basketball team. For his efforts on the soccer field, where he led his team in scoring, Reid was voted first team All County by The Journal News, an accolade he attained again as a basketball player in the winter of his senior year.
After graduating for high school, Reid enrolled at Hartwick College, in Oneonta, New York. At Hartwick, Reid continued playing basketball but gave up soccer and baseball for track and field. As a four year member of the track and field team, Reid competed in the long jump, high jump, triple jump, and the pole vault. In his junior and senior years, Reid was the leading scorer on the track team and was voted the M.V.P. of the team both years. In basketball, Reid was a two year starter on the Hartwick team that qualified for the NCAA Division II finals in Evansville, Indiana, where they finished eighth. That year Reid was selected to the All Star team at the NCAA regional finals in Buffalo. He finished as the second leading scorer on the team in his senior year.
Graduation from college did not end Reid’s athletic career. He continued to play competive basketball around the metropolitan area. Reid was a member of some of the most highly regarded Rockland County teams such as, The Hoop Street Gang, Villa Mt Ivy, and Hogan’s Diner. Reid also played in the New Jersey Shore Professional Summer League from 1977-82. That league included many N.B.A. players and European professionals as it members. In 1982 Reid was selected to be a member of the U.S.A. All Stars basketball team that toured Portugal playing that country’s professional teams.
Never one to confine himself to one sport, Reid kept up with his track and field competitions after college. In 1982 Reid competed in the Empire Games regional track meet and finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22’9”. This jump qualified him for the finals later in the summer, but he was unable to attend because of commitments to the Pro Summer league. In 1986 Reid again competed in the Empire Games, this time in the pole vault. Reid vaulted 13’ 6’ to finish second in the regionals and sixth overall in New York State that summer in Buffalo.
Reid lives in Blauvelt with his wife Barbara and 20 year old daughter Catherine, who is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland. He is a teacher in the South Orangetown School District where he is the girl’s varsity basketball coach and, in the spring, Reid coaches the boys and girls varsity track and field team.